It’s time again for another “identify the monuments” photo. This practice has really helped me learn and remember who fought where on the battlefield, and it’s interesting that when I took said photos, I didn’t realize exactly what the monuments were or how many were visible in the background. In this case, I was photographing the area just to the left of the High Water Mark.
The closest monument, at center left, is Cowan’s 1ST New York Independent Battery. There are actually two cannon here, though one is hidden in this photo. The large shaft above Cowan’s Battery represents the United States Regular Army. Starting from left to right, the very small flank-marker-size monument just to the right of the shaft is the 80TH New York Infantry. Beside it is the 82ND New York Infantry, then the 1ST Minnesota Infantry’s secondary monument. (The first is located near the Pennsylvania State Memorial).
The very tall monument with the figure on top is the Vermont State Memorial. Next to it is the 14TH Vermont Infantry. The “grooved” monument to the right of the 14TH represents the 16TH Vermont Infantry. Just between the last two, more in the foreground, is the 15TH Massachusetts Infantry. The large monument with the pointed top honors the 19TH Maine Infantry. It’s possible that the monument to the right, very far back in the distance, marks the site where Gen. Winfield Hancock was injured. The large granite boulder (which is actually a monument) represents the 20THMassachusetts Infantry. To put the battlefield into perspective, the farm in the right distance is the Abraham Trostle farm located along present-day United States Avenue.
LT. AUSTIN NABOS
Co. G, 2ND South Carolina Infantry
Died July 1863
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